Masterclass: Creating a TV Series (Registration Closed)

Taught by Affiliated Writer Karl Gajdusek
Mondays, Jan. 20 - March 9 from 6-9pm CST
The Playwrights' Center
$300 for Members, $350 for Non-Members (payment plans available)

Class Type: Beyond The Play Class Level: Advanced

This is not an introductory course. This workshop is tailored toward writers who have experience in film and television, or to playwrights who are mid-career or beyond and interested in this form. Enrollment is limited and applicants, upon registration, will be asked to submit a sample script and a brief writing history. If you have questions about your eligibility, please contact H. Adam at

Mondays: January 20, 2020 - March 9, 2020 from 6-9pm at The Playwrights' Center

Note: This is meant to be 1 of 2 classes taught by Karl this year at the center. Students who take place in this class will be eligible to join Karl in Part Two: Writing a TV Pilot in March & April.

The Playwrights' Center is thrilled to offer this 8-week class with writer, showrunner, and executive producer Karl Gajdusek.

The most difficult and nuanced act in the creation of a TV series is coming up with a truly good concept for the series. Ideas that shine on day one often tarnish with time and investigation. Ideas that should speak to the moment often don't do more than that. Beautiful character stories just won't get-up-and-go and bad-ass action ideas can't find a soul to save themselves. The beautiful series that someone effortlessly does it all is the unicorn of our industry. Let's go unicorn hunting.

In this class, participants will work together to come up with a series they love and believe the world will want to take in. They'll move from broad conception to detail, to pitch & bible. Along the way, they'll touch on Format documents, decks, sizzles, etc... and develop those as well.

By the end of the class, each participant will have a series ready to bring to market.

Important Things to Note:

  • 8 Sessions over 8 weeks
  • Class is limited to 6 participants and will be in-person only.
  • Payment plans are available as needed, please contact H. Adam to discuss

PostScript: Current projects for Karl Gajdusek include THE KING’S MAN at Fox/Disney with Matthew Vaughn directing the next film in the KINGSMAN franchise staring Ralph Fiennes. Also the FOX sci-fi feature COURAGE with Matthew Vaughn as well.

Class type: 
In-person (MSP)